“Since first touching pastels twelve years ago, I rarely paint in any other medium: I fell in love with the velvety richness, the pure color, the direct touch which pastel alone affords. The year I spent in Nice, France, in a dorm room with a sea view, began my lifelong love of the water—one I am currently exploring in my wave series. It also nurtured my appreciation for wine, cheese, and fresh produce, which I find as appealing to light, arrange, and paint as to taste. Painting is a feast for the senses.”
Award-winning Sudbury artist Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University and at the New Jersey Center for Visual Art and the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. After earning her Ph.D. and spending ten years teaching college English, she began painting professionally when her youngest child started school eight years ago. Smith is known for her active, dramatic wave paintings, her opulent still lifes, and her expressive portraits.
Rosier Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Connecticut Pastel Society, and her work appears in Best of America: Pastels Vol II. She has exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Artists Guild, and at national competitions in New York. She has won numerous awards, including most recently the 2011 Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel at the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY. She is represented by Sosebee Gallery on Nantucket, Powers Gallery in Acton, MA and Eventide Gallery in Essex, MA, and her paintings are in collections from Seattle, Washington to Monte Carlo to Australia.
Rosier Smith is a popular demonstrator and teacher as well: her Sudbury pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. In 2012 she is teaching workshops on Cape Cod, and Essex, MA, and for Terry Ludwig Studios in Colorado.